Following a tour of duty, French Special Services soldier Vincent (Schoenaerts) takes a job in security for a Lebanese financier and his family. During a lavish party one night at their luxurious villa “Maryland,” Vincent senses that something is amiss. When his employer is then urgently called away on business, Vincent is left to ensure the safety of his wife Jessie (Kruger) and their child. Vincent battles his own PTSD-fueled paranoia while clinging to the certainty that Jessie and her family are in immediate danger, unleashing a hell-bent determination to protect them at all costs.
Like the titular song by Leonard Cohen, Suzanne is ultimately about a state of mind, a study in finding a sliver of grace amongst the heaps of garbage life can throw at you. Suzanne is close to her family, but between her widower father and her quiet sister, she is the troublemaker of the bunch. Restless and quixotic, her forgiving family endlessly endures the consequences of her dreams, her whims, and her bad choices. Largely set in 1990s Marseilles, the story elliptically pogo-dances through 25 years of Suzanne’s turbulent life: childhood, early pregnancy, single parenting, and above all, her driving love for an aspiring bad boy. [Synopsis courtesy of COLCOA]